Gambledown Farm

UK England

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Sweet farming life in the utmost canvas comfort
It's hard to put a finger on. Maybe it's the country air abuzz with pirouetting butterflies; Or maybe it's the curious mooing of the resident cows that herald your arrival. Whatever sums it up, some places you arrive at and instantly know that what awaits will be amongst the most relaxing and care-free times you're ever likely to spend. Gambledown Farm perfectly fits the bill.

Nestled between the sleepy Hampshire villages of Sherfield English and Lockerly, Gambledown is the Arnison-Newgass family's extensive working farm-cum-glamping-paradise. The views from its enviably elevated vantage point are ridiculously picturesque, taking in the historic Test Valley to the New Forest and beyond The Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Camping at Gambledown Farm is all about freedom and space with a healthily large dollop of luxury on the side. Set up by the experienced folk of Feather Down Farms it has a blend of tried and tested glamping comforts alongside a laid back agricultural setting. The littl'uns will love running around the lush, sun-drenched field, riding their bikes along the long farm track, monkeying around on the rope swing, and exploring the surrounding pockets of woodland – scattered with bluebells in springtime.

Meanwhile, the tents themselves, aptly named 'Canvas Lodges', are an impressively furnished combination of camping canvas and more permanent-feeling wooden floors and cabinets. Campers can turn up with nothing but a toothbrush and easily settle in amongst the oak coffee tables and bronze candle fittings, lifting a finger only to stoke the wood burner and throw a few more sausages on the barbecue. It sort of sums up the theme here. You can chill into a snooze on your lodge's sofa or run like a wild thing in the surrounding fields. Or both. We don't mind.

Gambledown is still very much a working farm, though, and campers are lucky enough to sample some of hosts, Richard and Tamara's, very own produce during their stay, including free-range eggs and veg from the Gambledown patch. The farm's mix of arable and livestock means you can expect to mingle with Shorthorn cattle, chickens and sheep as well as keeping your eyes peeled for some of the more unofficial lodgers, like foxes and badgers. They all have their place here on the farm, though none can quite compete with those peerless canvas lodges.

Details

Facilities

Canvas lodges are exceptionally well furnished featuring the likes of a wood burning stove, kitchen area with sink and all the utensils and crockery you'll need, flushing toilets and an amazing 'cupboard bed' the children will love. Canvas lodges have a toilet inside and a short walk to the showers outside, while the Frills lodges feature a fully en-suite toilet and shower room. There is firewood for sale by the sack load, fresh farm eggs and vegetables in season and herbs (mint, oregano, thyme) from the vegetable patch. BBQs and firepits are allowed on site and there is also a proper pizza oven – Richard and Tamara can provide help if you want to make the perfect pizza. Farm tours are an offer not to be missed!

Suitable For

Glampers, dogs – yes. Caravans, campervans, tents – no. Large groups welcome by special arrangement.

Nearby

With the New Forest practically on your doorstep, there's any number of great days out to be had. If a spot of angling takes your fancy, Dandy's Ford Fishery and Tea Rooms (01794 324599) is less than 5 minutes drive away in Sherfield English. Gambledown is also just 15 minutes drive from Paultons Park (023 8081 4442) – a popular amusement park with a couple of decent rollercoasters and splash-tastic rides. Nearby Mottisfont Abbey (01794 340757) is a beautiful old medieval priory with a museum and enchanting, walled rose garden. Romsey itself is a vibrant Hampshire market town, noted for its historic architecture including the Romsey Abbey and King John's House. Visit in early September for the annual Romsey Show.

Food & Drink

Guests have the option when booking of including a delightful breakfast hamper, packed with local and the farms own produce and a 'farmers soup' hamper with all the ingredients you need for a great meal. There is an honesty shop onsite for buying the farm's goods and there are also some cracking butchers in the area including Stares Butchers at Manor Farm (01794 324938) in Sherfield English – the go-to place for all your steaks, sausages and other delicious locally sourced meat. Kimbridge Farm Shop (01794 341681), sells wonderful local produce (including smoked trout and trout pate) in a gorgeous setting on the historic river Test. The tearoom here is perfect for a lazy lunch. Gilberts Nursery (01794 322566) in Sherfield English does delicious cream teas and has an award-winning Dahlia field – drop by in August for a true explosion of colours. The Hatchett Inn (01794 322487) in Sherfield English serves honest pub food and has an outdoor play area for children. The Boot (01794 388310) in Houghton boasts a lovely outdoor area and a stream at the bottom of the garden.

Open

April – end October.

Location

Contact Gambledown Farm, Gambledown Lane, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6JU

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Getting There

From London: M3 Southbound towards Basingstoke, then onwards on M3 towards Winchester, M27 Eastwards towards Southampton and Romsey. Take Junction 3 off M27 onto A36 to Ower Round About, 4th exit onto A3090 turning left into Gardeners Lane, carry on until you bisect the A27 turn left and carry on until you reach Sherfield English. At the cross roads just as you reach the village turn right into Branches Lane and carry on approx 1 mile and then turn left into Gambledown Lane, which becomes a private road to Gambledown Farm. Watch out for speed bumps and stop when you reach the farm house and building on the left of the track, turn in right at the gates to the camping field.

Tamara can collect/drop-off at Romsey Railway Station for £5 fee if made by prior arrangement.

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